Coming up on News 7-
The very latest on Hurricane Earl as the storm rolls toward the Florida shore-
Plus what it may mean for our weekend weather.
A Covington businessman is charged in a deadly bombing from 22 years ago.
And they're out of the park again-
the latest on the homerun race coming up in sports.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Hurricane Earl heads closer to the coast of Florida--the latest reports predict it'll make landfall tomorrow.
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Its winds have reached almost 100 miles an hour; and it's now less than 100 miles from the Florida coast.
Hurricane warnings have gone out over parts of Mississippi and Florida.
Forecasters say Hurricane Earl is moving in a northeast direction
at about ten miles per hour.
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But, will it reach the Roanoke Valley and what kind of weather can we expect?
Robin Reed is here with some answers.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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A Swss-air jetliner carrying as many as 150 people has reportedly crashed in Nova Scotia tonight.
It isn't known yet if the plane went down on land or in water-
At this point there are no reports of fatalities.
The crash happened near the community of Blandford.
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A respected Covington businessman is charged with planning a 22 year old murder.
Carroll Eugene Humpries, and his ex-wife, Kitty (Ab-shire) Abshire Humphries allegedly hired two men to plant a bomb-- That bomb killed Bill Ray Abshire in Rupert, West Virginia in 1976.
Bill Ray and Kitty were married at the time.
She married Humphries four months later.
His arrest came as a shock to some friends and neighbors. Eric Earnhart has more.
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((Humphries lived on a farm outside the Covington City limits, neighbor Arthur Elmore says news of the arrest surprised him.
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((ARTHUR ELMORE/NEIGHBOR; IT HAS, YES SIR, YES SIR.
WAS HE A GOOD NEIGHBOR?
OH YEA, GOOD NEIGHBOR, OH YEA.))
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Until he retired a couple of years ago, Humphries ran his insurance business from this house on West Main Street in Covington. Neighbors here were surprised to find out he's in jail.
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((CHARLES BRENNER/NEIGHBOR; NICE MAN, QUIET. I DID SOME REPAIR ON THAT HOUSE FOR HIM AND THAT WAS ABOUT IT. HE PAID, WENT OUR SEPERATE WAYS. WAVED, JUST LIKE YOU DO IN THE COUNTRY.))
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Humphries was a regular lunch customer at D & J Family Restaurant. Donna Goff says she remembers him as a patient man.
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((DONNA GOFF/WAITRESS; VERY NICE, KIND... I CAN'T BELIEVE HE WOULD DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
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Humphries is being held in the Alleghany County jail without bond. An extradition hearing is scheduled for next week.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Kitty Abshire Humphries waived extradition from Maryland, and is in jail in West Virginia without bond.
Meanwhile, several people from Rupert, West Virginia still remember the car-bombing that shocked many residents in the tiny community.
David Johnson has just returned from Greenbrier County in West Virginia.
David what did people say about it?
Jean, people say the bombing was -- quote-- unexpected-- especially in a place like theirs where everybody knows everyone else.
And, the residents we spoke with said it's something they'll never forget.
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It happened the morning of February 5th, 1976 in Rupert, West Virginia. Charles Mundy says he was at work when he heard a tremendous "BOOM".
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((CHARLES MUNDY/MAYOR OF RUPERT; WE RAN OUT ON THE PORCH AND I SAW A MUSHROOM CLOUD OF SMOKE COMING FROM RUPERT OIL AND I WENT UP THERE AND MISTER ABSHIRE WAS DEAD AT THE TIME.))
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People say the blast rattled walls and shook windows up to three blocks away.
One man recalls the gruesome sight found by firefighters responding to the scene.
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((JIMMY ALVIS/RUPERT OIL COMPANY; BASICALLY WHAT WAS LEFT OF BILLY WHICH WASN'T MUCH FROM THE WAIST UP. I MEAN THE BOMB REALLY TORE HIM APART. THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT OF HIM.))
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Several people in the community say the death of Billy Ray Alvis made no sense.
They remember the former AEP employee as being a pleasant fellow.
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((ELIZABETH COUGHLIN/RETIRED RUPERT POSTMASTER; HE'D JUST BEEN IN THE POST OFFICE THE DAY BEFORE. SAID HE HAD SOME GOOD NEWS TO TELL ME, BUT I HAD SO MANY CUSTOMERS. SO HE SAID I'LL TELL YOU TOMORROW. IT HAPPENED THE NEXT DAY.))
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And the demeanor of Kitty Abshire Humphries shortly after her husband's death was characterized as "peculiar".
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((COUGHLIN; JOLLY! JUST LIKE SHE'D ALWAYS BEEN. JUST HAPPY, LIKE NOTHING HAD EVER HAPPENED. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TWO TO THREE WEEKS AFTER IT HAPPENED, WHEN I SEEN HER.))
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Residents say they have often thought about the case and wondered who was behind the bombing.
Now, with the arrest of Abshire's widow and her ex-husband and with their trial, which is set to begin in January, it would appear that they will finally find out.
The man who set a dynamite bomb that mutilated the arms of Montgomery County's prosecutor is back in jail.
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NEWS 7 caught up with Frank DeWease in April.
He'd been paroled from prison [SUPER=@file;]
for the 1973 bombing that took the hands of then- prosecutor Pat Graybeal.
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((24 YEARS OF MY LIFE WENT DOWN THE DRAIN.))
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DeWease even BROUGHT a mock-up of the bomb to try to convince us he couldn't have set it.
Now DeWease is back in jail, this time in Arlington County.
He's accused of violating his parole conditions at the halfway house.
He allegedly abused alcohol, threatened other residents, and stayed out after his curfew.
A Floyd County man has been indicted for fraud.
Freeman Cockram lost his general store to bankrupcy, and had to give up running the popular bluegrass jamborees.
Now, Cockram's accused of bilking a North Carolina man of 30-thousand dollars, money the man thought was a loan but never got back.
If convicted, Cockram could be facing two to ten years in prison.
Still to come--a lawyer pleads for leniency for a drug-trafficker on the run.
And, federal investigators say they know what caused a train derailment in Lynchburg last March.
More when the news continues.
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(( Good evening Jean this is Mike Stevens in the News 7 sports office with stiff neck.
The Mac Daddy and Senor Sosa have been putting on a clinic today hitting three homers between them.
UVa is worried about beating the heat and rain tomorrow night in Auburn.
And Steve Mason will join with the season debut of Hometown Hoops Weekly tonight on the Big 7.))
A court-appointed attorney is still trying to get Javier Cruz less than a life sentence- -even though the drug trafficker- turned informant skipped the country last Spring.
In July the prosecutor recommended life sentences for Cruz- -rather than give him credit for "substantial assistance."
Though Cruz remains on the lam- -presumably in Columbia- -his lawyer argued today that the court should reconsider and depart from the sentencing guidelines to give Cruz a break ...in recognition for all his undercover drug trafficking work.
Judge James Turk refused, though he encouraged Cruz's lawyer to appeal.
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Northwest Airlines and its striking pilots have agreed to hold "exploratory" talks on Saturday.
Today Northwest cancelled flights through Labor Day and laid off more than 27 thousand employees.
((I'M GOING TO HAVE TO REASSESS AND SEE HOW MUCH I'M GONNA NEED TO PAY MY BILLS.))
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Meanwhile tranportation Secretary Rodney Slater has ordered two Northwest Feeder airlines back into the air-
The commuter carriers operate as Northwest Airlink.
An international crackdown on a Child Pornography Ring that operated on the Internet.
Police in 14 countries swooped in on hundreds of suspects in the worldwide ring. Investigators said they trade in the most vile child pornography imagineable.
((RAYMOND KELLY/U.S. CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER: THE IMAGES WERE EVERYTHING FROM SEX ABUSE TO THE ACTUAL RAPE OF CHILDREN.))
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Investigators say the pornographic network originiated in the U-S in states from Maine to California.
Government scientists are recommending that a genetically engineered drug be sold to fight advanced breast cancer.
(Her-cep-tin) Herceptin does not cure the disease-but it could help the 30 percent of patients whose tumors are fueled by a bad gene.
FDA advisors say that for some people the drug may offer a chance at living longer.
Hazardous fumes filled the Kansas sky after a train derailment.
Four freight cars jumped the tracks in
Hazelton, Kansas and one caught fire.
Authorities evacuated 200-people from the nearby town because of nitric acid fumes-
No one was hurt.
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Human error is blamed for a costly train derailment in Lynchburg last spring.
Federal safety investigators say a Norfolk Southern railroad worker failed to properly set the brakes on a line of cars he was uncoupling.
65 freight cars broke free and rolled for three miles before slamming into three locomotives.
The resulting fire destroyed Lynchburg's salt storage facility and most of its snow removal equipment.
Up next--people were passing out roses by the bunch in Radford today--we'll tell you why in a few minutes.
and, we'll catch up with a ballet dancer who's making his mark on the Roanoke Valley.
More when the news continues.
Recent E. Coli and salmonella outbreaks have increased the demand for irradiated food.
Irradiation is the process where meat or produce is subjected to low level gamma rays to kill bacteria.
Steve Smallshaw shows us one area company that's been using the process on wood for years and is now ready to branch out.
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(( You may not recognize the name, but chances are you've walked on their product.
For 35 years, Applied Radiant Energy has been using irradiation to produce "Gammapar".. a wood flooring that's three times harder and more durable than regular wood.
Business is booming.. and A-R-E is building a NEW, bigger irradiator that will triple the company's output.
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((WAYNE ZEIGLER/APPLIED RADIANT ENERGY: NOW THAT WE'LL BE IN THIS FACILITY PRETTY MUCH FULL TIME IN OCTOBER, THOSE CONSTRAINTS HAVE BEEN LIFTED. WE'RE ABLE TO EXPAND THIS MARKET AND TO GO INTO THE OTHER INDUSTRIES.))
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And that's where the money lies.
A-R-E has also invented a packaging line irradiator for processing things like meat, produce or tobacco.
Irradiated food has less bacteria and a longer shelf life.. and consumers are starting to overcome their fears.
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((WAYNE ZEIGLER: ONCE MR. AND MRS. CONSUMER IS CONVINCED, AND STUDIES SHOW NOW THAT 70 PERCENT OF THEM ARE, THEN THIS TECHNOLOGY WILL TAKE OFF.))
[OUT Q=will take off.]
A-R-E is building a demonstration model at its Forest plant where processors can see the irradiator in action.
Zeigler says the orders are already coming in.
At eight million dollars apiece, he expects his company's sales to quadruple in the next few years.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Forest.))
In Radford today-- one of the nation's most recognized symbols of friendship and love was given away by the dozen.
This morning, the owners of Radford City Florist began giving away 5- thousand roses in bunches of 12.
There was just one catch...
Customers were asked to keep one and give the rest away as a symbol of friendship.
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((CURTIS GRAHAM/RADFORD CITY FLORIST MGR.:WE KNOW THAT RADFORD HAS A GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND WE FELT, YOU KNOW, THAT WE WOULD HAVE A LINE OUT HERE WHEN WE OPENED THE DOOR, CAUSE, WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE WILL GO OUT AND SHARE THE ROSES WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND MAKE NEW FRIENDSHIPS HERE IN RADFORD. ))
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[OUT Q=in Radford.]
The give-away was part of a national promotion involving F-T-D florists around the country.
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Sosa hits one, and McGwire comes back and hits.
We will watch all three and hear from Big Mac.
Plus, UVa is a little worried about Earl as well as Auburn, and Steve Mason has the first installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly for this season.
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But first this afternoon In San Francisco, the 49ers made 35 year old receiver Jerry Rice the highest paid receiver in history.
They sign him to a sic year $36 million dollar contract throught eh year 2003.
The Niners decided not to sign Charles Haley, who was thinking of coming out of retirement.
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Forget about Mark McGwire chasing Roger Maris, he's now about to run him over in left field!
For the second straight night McGwire lit up the south Florida sky with a two homer show.
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Like Tuesday night he waited until the late innings.
In the seventh against Brian Edmounson McGwire rips his 58th homer of the year. The two run shot to left put the Cards in front 9-to-nothing.
Then with two outs in the 8th he hit another two run blast.
He now has 59 homers and is just two away from tying
the record. He has 23 games left to play.
The Cards win 14-to-4. McGwire also ups his average to 300.
Sosa provided McGwire with a little motivation earlier in the day as he turned up the heat with his 56th blast of the seaosn.
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Sosa came into yesterday two homers behind McGwire.
In the sixth inning he cut that deficit to one by hitting this opposite field shot to right field.
The homer also helps give the Cubs get a 4-to-2 win and it keeps them in front in the wildcard chase.
Now while Sosa has done a beautiful job of staying right with McGwire, in no way has he received half the attention the Mac Daddy has during the run.
But McGwire says there's no question Sosa is having the more magical year.
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For you collectors out there, remember back in June we told you how McGwire's rookie card was on the rise.
Before the season you could have bought it for $20.
Now the 1985 Topps number 401 card is seeling for $135.
Sosa's are still much, much cheaper.
The Virginia Cavaliers take on the Auburn Eagles tonight but they also will be battling big,bad Hurricane Earl.
The Cavs have been practicing all month in dry conditions, but today the forecast in Auburn calls for heavy rain and thunderstorms.
By game time the rain should have tapered off, but it will very humid and the kickoff temperature will be near 80.
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[SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :16]
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Kickoff tonight is set for eight. The Cavs are ahead of Auburn is all of the preseaso polls.
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The Martinsville Speedway was a hot place to be today as the Ford Super trucks rolled in to Henry County to do a little
testing for the NAPA 250 that will be run at the track on Saturday September 26th.
Stacy Compton got in some hot laps and had some hot news that he will drive a BUsch car at Richmond next week and re-sign with RC Cola for two more years in his truck.
Also Ernie Irvan tested at Martinsville today.
He will drive in the truck event at Richmond next week.
Good tickets for this race are still available.
Still to come on this Wednesday night, Hometown Hoops Weekly is back in the house.
Steve Mason has the first installment in this seasonal feature right after this break.
Tonight we're losing weight to start the season.
It's Wednesday and time to start another season of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Steve Mason tips off the year with our defending group A and double A state champs, Glenvar and William Byrd.
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((Brian Harvey accomplished last year, what every high school coach dreams about. While winning, he almost lost his father.
That something was loose weight. Harvey embarked on the zone, a weight loss program for heart patience. This past spring, Glenvar JV coach Tim Williams helped Harvey shed 42 pounds.
Williams has lost 35 pounds, his fellow assistant JV coach..takes the cake. Randy Hale has dropped a wopping 45 pounds.
Richie Waggoner, Harvey's assistant has lost 25 pounds. Their hard work and dedication hasn't gone unnoticed.
Though the foresome has reached their goal, they continue to exercise and watch their fat intake, Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
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And don't forget coaches and athletic directors, the only way toi get the scores from your game on the air is to call us toll free at 1-800-777-WDBJ.
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A professional dancer from Mongolia is giving Roanokers a glimpse of Russian style ballet.
And, at the same time, he's getting a taste of the American way of life.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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29-year-old (OO-ner-bat GOO-na-jav) Unurbat Gunaajav was a principal dancer with the Mongolia National Ballet.
He's toured Russia, Germany, China and Korea.
Now he's dancing for the Roanoke Ballet Theater and learning English.
Using a translator -- he says he likes Roanoke's natural beauty and friendly faces.
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((ALL THE PEOPLE ... HAPPY FACE.))
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((MICHELLE GOACHER/BALLERINA: AS A PARTNER ... IS WONDERFUL.))
[OUT Q=IS WONDERFUL]
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((JENEFER DAVIES/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: HE COMES FROM A VERY STRICT ... MOVED THEIR BODIES.))
Oo-ner hopes next year, he'll be able to bring his ballerina wife and four-year-old daughter to Roanoke.
But as far as climbing higher to a big-city ballet, Oo-ner says he's happy dancing here.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
Oo-ner and the Roanoke Ballet Theater will perform at the Hotel Roanoke on November 7th.